Without naming specific nations, Merkel said, “We are seeing right now that the pandemic cannot be fought with lies and misinformation, nor can it be fought with hatred and turmoil.
“Populism that denies the facts shows its limits,” she added. “In a democracy, facts and transparency are necessary. This distinguishes Europe and Germany will defend it during its presidency. ”
The pandemic has killed more than 100,000 people in 27 EU countries and triggered what is expected to be the biggest recession the continent has known in decades.
On Tuesday, the EU released a report predicting that the bloc’s economy would contract more than initially expected due to blockages linked to coronaviruses.
Merkel joined on Wednesday The European Commissioner for the Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, urged the Commission to quickly reach an agreement on the recovery plan of 750 billion euros proposed earlier this year.
“The depth of economic decline demands that we hurry,” Merkel told lawmakers, selon l’Associated Press. “We must not waste time – only the weakest would suffer. I sincerely hope that we can reach an agreement this summer. It will take a lot of preparation to compromise on all sides – and you too. “